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A Plan for Rural Ontario

Ontario government standing up for rural communities

Elgin-Middlesex-London, ON, November 15, 2018 - Ontario's Government of Ontario is making life easier for people who live in rural communities and standing up for their interests.

The government is working with private gas distributors to expand natural gas service to more rural communities to provide farms, businesses, and families with affordable, reliable power.

Investments in broadband services to these communities and rural businesses will help improve Internet connectivity and access so they can fully participate in the digital economy.

"Our Government is making life better for the people of rural Ontario," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "Whether it's improving access to affordable natural gas or faster Internet service, our government wants to send a clear signal that rural Ontario is open for business. People in the rural communities of my riding have made it clear that their interests were not represented by the previous government and I am proud that ours is finally standing up for them."

A new Agriculture Task Force will help inform the government on how to grow the rural economy in Ontario and reduce the regulatory burden on the sector. The initiative complements the government's commitment to reduce red tape by 25 per cent by 2022. Various initiatives to date have been aimed at addressing outdated or duplicative regulations affecting the agricultural sector.

"Our government will continue to stand up for farmers and farm workers in our supply-managed sectors, particularly as the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is finalized," said MPP Yurek. "We will continue to vigorously defend and advance Ontario's economic interests in these discussions." Hydro rates are a top priority for the government as it continues to find ways to reduce bills for ratepayers across the province, including rural customers. To date, 758 expensive and unnecessary renewable energy contracts have been cancelled, saving ratepayers $790 million. The government has also reined in executive compensation at Hydro One.

The government is also introducing one of the most generous tax cuts for low-income workers in a generation – the new Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit (LIFT). Those who earn $30,000 or less would pay zero personal income tax on their 2019 tax returns. It represents up to $850 per person and up to $1,700 per couple in savings. In all, 1.1 million people in Ontario will benefit from this tax relief measure. Individual incomes just over $30,000 a year and family incomes over $60,000 a year will see graduated tax relief as well. This is another promise made, promise kept by our Government.


Last Updated: Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:05:48 PM EST

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